Researchers at the New York University School of Medicine have found another great
reason for men to get adequate amounts of vitamin D. Although women are encouraged to take
vitamin D along with calcium and phosphorus to ensure life-long bone health, men need to pay
attention to their levels as well. Adequate vitamin D levels slow down the excessive growth of
both the stromal and epithelial cells of the prostate, thus reducing the advancement of benign
prostate hypertrophy (BPH). Fifty percent of men over the age of 50 will have BPH. By 80
years of age 90% of men will have an enlarged prostate.
The research revealed that vitamin D had an inhibitory effect on the cellular pathways
that led to excessive growth, and increasing intake of vitamin D from diet and supplements was
shown to correlate with decreased BPH prevalence. Therapeutic doses of vitamin D reaching
6000IU per day actually were shown to decrease prostate volume in BPH patients. Not only did
vitamin D slow normal prostate growth, but pre-clinical trials showed that vitamin D could slow
the growth of prostate cells which had been induced by known growth promoting molecules.
The best news was that no side effects or negative implications were induced by the increased
Symptoms of BPH are not dependent upon the size of the enlarged prostate. Men with
minimal enlargement may experience extreme symptoms, while men with marked enlargement
may experience no symptoms. Symptoms may include: difficulty starting urine stream,
decreased strength of urine stream, dribbling after urination, the sensation of an incompletely
emptied bladder, and the urge to urinate soon after completion. Bladder symptoms may include
frequent nighttime urination and painful urination. Other more serious conditions may mimic
BPH; men should always report symptoms to their primary care physician.
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Espinoza G, Esposito R, Kazzazi A, Djavan B. Vitamin D and benign prostate hyperplasia – a review. Can J Urol 2013;